Martin Luther King Jr. saw his dream. He could could sum it up in one sentence. In fact, his dream was so powerful, you know what it is from the way he orates the few simple words: “I have a dream…”
Dr. King saw his dream so vividly we are still living it out today, decades after his death. His dream encompasses our entire nation… It stands for all the people of the world. It inspires equal opportunity and acceptance at the highest level. It’s the same message we confront through the Time’s Up campaign, and continue to channel through the numerous other civil rights issues our country and world face every day.
I believe you must see your dream in order to achieve your dream. As we celebrate MLK together, take a second to think about your dream. Think about how in its fully fleshed form, it will impact the lives of others.
After all, that’s what this holiday is about: what are we doing for others?
The King family wanted the meaning of today’s holiday to be changed a decade ago and Dr. King’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris Jr., sums it up brilliantly in his speech last week at the White House:
“We didn’t want the King holiday to be a day of hero worship. As his nephew, I certainly believe he was one of the greatest Americans that we’ve produced. But it should not be a day of hero worship. And that’s why congress agreed with my aunt and also made it a day of service.
So that we on that day, as a matter of fact, at the King center, we refer to it as a day on, not a day off. It’s not a day to hang out at the park or pull out the BBQ grill.
It’s a day to do something to help someone else. And that can be as simple as delivering someone’s trash or picking up the newspaper for that elderly person who can’t get to the end of the driveway. Bottomline you’re doing something that benefits someone other than yourself. That’s the proper way to remember my uncle, and proper way to celebrate the King holiday.”
So today, let’s be sure to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and do something for the benefit of someone else as we think about how our grandest dreams can impact the lives of others and make this world a better place. We still have a long way to go, so let’s remember his message and work each day to make his dream come true together.